Hunger Games Author Reveals New Book In Sci-Fi Dystopian Series

By Britta DeVore | Published

Over the last just more than a decade, there’s been one film franchise that has stood out from the rest and, just when audiences wondered what its fate would be, another movie has been confirmed. Titled The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping, the film will be another adaptation of a novel penned by Suzanne Collins but this time there’s a bit of a twist as the book has yet to hit shelves. Marking an unprecedented moment in the history of The Hunger Games, the production has already been green-lit with the novel set to arrive on March 18, 2025.

Movie Green-Lit Before The Book Is Finished

News of the publishing date for The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping was announced on Thursday with Lionsgate not far behind with their reveal that a feature-length adaptation was to follow. The studio has seen gargantuan profits roll in for each of the titles in the film series, making it a no-brainer decision to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. Keeping the vision the same as it’s been since the second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence will return to helm the upcoming project.

Introducing A Young Haymitch Abernathy

Set 24 years before readers and viewers are introduced to Katniss Everdeen and 40 years after the origin story of Coriolanus Snow, The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping will tell the story of the reaping behind the Fiftieth Hunger Games. Beyond that, no further information has been revealed but knowing how Collins has approached her novels in the past, the plot is bound to be filled with twists and turns, plenty of drama and romance, and the spirit of revolution.

Oh yeah – and we’ll be introduced to a young Haymitch Abernathy who, in the films, is portrayed by Woody Harrelson.

The Origin Of Our Shell-Shocked Mentor

When we meet Haymitch in the original The Hunger Games book and subsequent film, he’s introduced as a raging alcoholic with a dark past mainly from the massive amounts of PTSD he picked up from his time in the arena. The character starts as an absolute trash mentor for Katniss and Peeta but he grows into a powerful member of the resistance and helps the seemingly doomed duo use their relationship to woo the audience.

Haymitch was also the only winner from District 12 before Katniss and Peeta’s historic double-win, which means he’ll be the only character safe to get attached to in The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping.

Other Familiar Faces Are Possible

The book marks the fifth in the lineup of Collins’ novels and the sixth movie to come from the big-screen adaptation series. Aside from Haymitch, it’s unclear if other characters from the other books will appear in The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping but we can likely expect Coriolanus Snow to appear as one of the main antagonists. Of the other familiar faces that might make an appearance, there’s a possibility that both Effie Trinket and Cinna may be part of the story in one way or another.

The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes

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The announcement for The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping comes less than a year after the film studio celebrated its latest box office success with The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Acting as a prequel, the movie told the origin story of Coriolanus Snow on his rise to become the tyrannical ruler of Panem who would find his authority tested by a young girl named Katniss Everdeen. 

Source: AP News